I am a freelance Iranian-Jewish journalist based in Southern California and have been covering L.A.’s Iranian Jewish community since 2000.
After reading Gary Rosenblatt’s Feb. 6 column, “A New Generation Of Seekers In Jewish L.A,” I was quite disappointed that he only made a very minor mention of Iranian Jewry in this city. In reality the Iranian Jewish community in Southern California is 40,000-plus strong and growing, very involved in local synagogues, very involved in supporting Israel and philanthropy for Israel, very active in political and civic involvement and one of the most financially successful immigrant Jewish groups in L.A.
In essence, the Iranian Jewish contribution to Jewish life is nothing short of substantial. I am frankly baffled and shocked that Mr. Rosenblatt could overlook such a remarkable aspect of the Jewish community in L.A. How could he just lump us together with the Russians and Israelis? My hope is that in the future he will dig a little deeper and get to know the Iranian Jewish community here in this city for future articles.